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Going DIY can save you a bundle during the holidays. And who doesn't enjoy receiving small, homemade "remembrances"? But time runs short, people. At least it does if you're hoping to DIY some gifts this year. So get your creativity engine chugging with the following 5 ideas. Each one looks cool, is easy on your wallet plus fairly easy to make!

1. Homemade Apple Cider. This non-alcoholic drink tastes great to adults and kids alike, and it's a cinch to make. Cooking for Engineers has a very nice how-to guide with great photos. If you can gift the finished product in glass jugs or jars, so much the better.

Really short on time? Put together a mulled cider gift basket instead. You will need to include a bottle of quality, natural apple cider, a pack of mulling spices, cinnamon sticks, and a note with instructions. You could also include a few fresh apple muffins or apples. Yum.

2. Pocket calendars. These free printables from To Have and To Hold are featured on the Creature Comforts blog. There's one for each month of 2010 along with detailed instructions on printing and folding them correctly. Hint: about your only expense will be some pretty, colored cardstock.

3. Rustic tree ornaments. Sure to be a winner with the outdoorsy, LL Bean types within your circle of family and friends. If you have some dry tree limbs lying around and the means to slice them thinly, this is a beautiful idea courtesy of Crafts by Amanda.

4. Fruit cake ornaments. These adorable Christmas cakes will look so pretty on the tree. The instructions, available at Matsutake, are nice and easy to follow, too. Tealight candle bases are the "cake pan," brown polymer clay is the "cake" and tiny seed beads pressed into the clay represent the fruit bits. Precious.

5. Knot trivet. For the truly crafty, here's a lovely and unusual project to try from Design Sponge. Helpful photos make this rope craft as easy as possible to do correctly. Decorative, yet practical and easily stowable, you could give this gift to anyone.

Need more ideas? Check out this incredible list of homemade gift possibilities at Get Rich Slowly!

  • Amanda Formaro

    Thanks so much for including my rustic north woods ornaments in your write up! :)

  • To Have and To Hold

    Thanks for including our pocket calendars!

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